Make it Jamaica for the New Year!

Happy New Year!  There’s no better time than the present to take the vacation you have been dreaming of. Instead of committing to quickly forgotten New Year’s resolutions, make plans for a vacation of a lifetime with our Vacaysolutions (vacation resolutions). Always wanted to conquer your fears or accomplish a goal? The diverse landscape of Jamaica and our plethora of activities and attractions are just the push you need to make 2015 your best year yet!

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The Buzz on our YouTube Channels

So much has been happening on our YouTube channels, have you been keeping up? Here are some of the latest highlights:

Watch over 50 years unfold in video with a collection of Jamaica Tourist Board advertisements now on our About Jamaica Channel. Follow the journey of marketing destination Jamaica, from the Come to Jamaica campaign of the 1950’s and 60’s to the current Home of All Right campaign.

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Upcoming Sport Events 2015

 

The year has just begun but the sporting scene is heating up in Jamaica. Rally around these upcoming sport events and join in on the fun. For more information on events of all types in Jamaica, visit our website.

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A Jamaican Proposal

Jamaica is the island of one love, a place for the romantic to find dreamy vistas, and beautiful surroundings. From the seduction of nature to the elegance and intimacy of couples resorts, Jamaica has everything for those in love. It’s the ideal place to begin a new chapter together by proposing to that special someone or even having a destination wedding and honeymoon. With the holidays around the corner and Valentine’s Day approaching, here are but a few of the locations in Jamaica that would make any proposal magical.


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The Round Hill Culinary Experience

Light, clean, Caribbean cuisine is the very essence of the culinary experience at Round Hill Hotel and Villas. This luxurious property on the outskirts of Montego Bay has satisfied the appetites of celebrities and royals for over 50 years. Under the direction of Executive Chef Martin Maginley, Round Hill preserves its long-standing reputation for excellence by giving guests an interactive and fresh taste of Jamaica.

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Special Feature: The Zen of Hedonism 2

When one hears the words Hedonism, Negril and Jamaica strung together, whatever images, thoughts and beliefs that come to mind, I am sure they have absolutely no bearing on the word Zen.  Zen on the other hand conjures images of mediation, Buddha statues and serenity.  Zen “is a total focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind”.  Zen is a way of being, a way of life, and a state of mind.  Hedonism 2 purports to be the “sandbox for your inner child with pure unadulterated self-indulgence of your mind, body, spirit, and soul.”

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Spice Up Your Thanksgiving

The season of thanks for our American friends is just around the corner. Whether you’ll be opting for a warmer Thanksgiving by spending it in Jamaica, or celebrating with family and friends at home, here are a few ways to spice up your Thanksgiving festivities with a touch of island flavour.

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The meal is the meat of the matter, pun intended. Thanksgiving Dinner is a highlight for all who celebrate the holiday, not only for the comforting flavours but for the way it brings people together.  Up the ante this year by adding jerk seasonings to your main course Thanksgiving dishes. The flavourful spices blended together in jerk seasoning can add that extra kick to your turkey, or any other meat dish.

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Jamaican Food: Belcour Preserves

Up the winding hill above the heat of Kingston to a white marker in the road, we were led on a downward path that ended at a gate surrounded by greenery, flowering plants and fruit trees. The fresh cool air of Irish Town at 9:00am awakened all 6 senses, including the one that foretells of a good time. This was our introduction to Belcour Estate, the home of Belcour Preserves.

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Events: Tourism Outlook Seminar 2014

Tourism is one of the main economic drivers in the Caribbean and the Tourism Outlook Seminar will address the topical issues the industry faces today. The 6th annual Tourism Outlook Seminar (TOS) will take place under the theme “Tourism: Enhancing Social and Economic Impact” from November 20 & 21, 2014 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. TOS is a forum for Jamaican and regional tourism stakeholders to share ideas, examine best practices and discuss strategies for advancing Caribbean tourism.

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TOS 2014 will examine the following topics:

  • Enhancing Competitiveness Through Travel Facilitation
  • Brand Development and International Marketing
  • Building Tourism Linkages Across the Public and Private Sector
  • Keeping Step With the Evolving Traveller
  • Opportunities for Partnership with the Entertainment and Creative Industries
  • Management of Natural and Manmade Crisis
  • Developing the Local Memorabilia Sector

Registration is open now. For more information and to register online go to www.visitjamaica.com/tourismseminar

Jamaica Events: Soul in the Sun recap

The first staging of the Soul in the Sun Music Festival served audiences with memorable performances from some of the biggest names in soul music. Sized up to be the festival not to be missed come 2015, Soul in the Sun featured artistes such as Regina Belle, Keith Sweat, Jeffrey Osbourne, Freddie Jackson, Johnny Gill and Dru Hill among others. The nostalgic performances of the two-night concert highlighted the songs of yesteryear, with audience members singing along verbatim till the wee hours of the morning at The Aqueduct in Montego Bay. From “Make It Like It Was” by Regina Belle to “Nobody” by Keith Sweat, the smooth lyrics belted by powerful voices transformed the event into a romantic escape, an ideal event for a couple’s vacation.

Read, see and hear more about the Soul in the Sun Music Festival via Jamaican bloggers Irie Diva and Odessa. They’ve  detailed the show, from before and during, including a recap for Night 1 and Night 2 plus an interview with Regina Belle.

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Keith Sweat Performing at Soul in the Sun Music Festival